Some of the best-known restaurants, bars, café’s, and more are on the hunt for (International) staff
By Thomas Ansell
With the cost of accommaodation and (non-EU) tuition fees rising ever-higher, more and more International students will be hoping to find jobs once they settle in to their new homes in Groningen. The hospitality industry has long been heavily reliant on part-time labour from young people and students, and is suffering from a huge staff shortage in Groningen thanks to the pandemic.
In an effort to match up more new students with jobs in ‘Horeca’, the city of Groningen has recently launched a new website with all of the vacancies in the city available in one place.
Along with Make it in the North, the Horeca Groningen website is now the second to offer an English-language jobs module- The Northern Times is a partner of Make it in the North; and we’ve asked the team for their top application tips for finding jobs in Groningen.
1) Apply for everything you like the sound of!
Maybe the advert says you need to speak ‘conversational Dutch’, or maybe it says you need ‘proven sushi-chef skills’. Either way, you should still apply! Your new employer should offer you training to give you experience of things you’ve not done before, and with the current staff shortage you’re likely to have several companies want your services.
2) Check out some of Groningen’s beautiful villages
There are tens of pretty villages in the surroundings of Groningen city, so check out jobs there! Groningen has an excellent local transport network (whether by Arriva train, or QBuzz bus), and there are plenty of tourists that flock to Groningen’s smaller towns and villages
3) Don’t forget to have fun!
Whilst it might be tempting to commit to 30-40 hours a week working in a restaurant, remember to take time for yourself and your studies!
4) Know your employment rights
Whilst most employers in Groningen are lovely people, it’s important that you know your rights as an employee in the Netherlands. Check out this article for more information about your legally-guaranteed working rights.